‘Thoughful Thursday’ ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn

The charity featured today on Thoughful Thursday is very close to my heart. I have set up ‘Lily’-Love In the Language of Yarn in memory of my granddaughter Lily Iris Gibson born sleeping 18th July 2010.
Our Mission is To bring love and a smile to all children in need around the world. We provide hand knit and crocheted items for children, mainly orphans but any child in need. We area new organisation and our first assignment is to provide blankets for Syrian refugees in Turkey.

Knit a Square For Syria.
Please consider making a square or two with your odds and ends. It’s a great way to bust your stash. The squares will be joined to form blankets and  given to IHH- Humanitarian Relief Foundation to be taken to Syrian refugees in Turkey. Turkey has seven camps housing more than 13,000 Syrians, seeking to protect refugees from President Bashar al-Assad’s intelligence agents as they flee the violence  Turkey has been housing Syrians escaping the violence in tent camps close to the border in Hatay province, where at least 1000 people sought refuge just in the last 24 hrs and has seen an increased influx of Syrians crossing the border in their hundreds every day to flee the violence. 
‘Lily’ – Love In the Language of Yarn has been asked to help provide blankets especially for the many children refugees.

It is a lot of fun and immensely satisfying making blankets. It is a good way to use up scraps of wool and different effects can be achieved with colours and by using different stitches. Your gift of a handmade blanket will bring comfort and warmth to Syrian people especially children who continue to suffer from oppression and war. Your lovingly made gift will send a message of concern and hope to these refugees. Your participation is important.!

 Knitters Please Help

Any spare wool you have can be knitted into eight inch squares and then we’ll stitch them all together into a blanket. No waste and someone gets a warm and colourful, cover for their bed!

Can be knitted, Can be crocheted or Can be loomed 

Knitting Instructions

FOR ONE 8″/20 cms SQUARE, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn 
 worsted weight , double knit or 8ply
Size 4mm needles  10 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
 Cast on 32 stitches (try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
 Row 1: knit
 Row 2: knit. These two rows form the ‘garter’ stitch knitting pattern for your square but you use any stitch you prefer, beascreative as you like. Continue knitting  until you have knitted a square
 To ensure you square is 8″/20cm either use a tape measure .

 Cast off
 Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method

Leave a one metre length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together.
 but if you’re changing colors work in your other tails.  DO NOT TIE AND CUT IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE KNOT, THAT IS GUARANTEED TO COME UNDONE.  Knot if you want, but leave a tail and work in your ends.

Non Knitters can also help by donating yarn or needles.
Once you have your squares ready to send please email me at dbjones5559@yahoo.com for postal address.

Syrian refugee children signal to onlooking media, from a camp set up by by Turkish Red Crescent in the town of Yayladagi in Hatay province (Burhan Ozbilici AP).

We work with reputable, experienced relief agencies to securely transport and distribute our hand-knit and crocheted blankets for this progect we are working with IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. You can also find us at  www.facebook.com/lilyloveinthelanguageofyarn 

Please Help If You Can!

‘Lily’ is supported by businesses and individuals in Turkey, whether it be donations of yarn, Knitting and Crocheting or transportation of completed blankets to receiving agencies.
‘Lily’ has no paid employees.  All the good work is done on a strictly volunteer basis.
‘Lily’ wishes to thank all those private individuals and businesses which support us.  Without you, there would be no ‘Lily’ - Love In the Language of Yarn.  We work hard for the day when we are no longer needed to help keep Children warm.

Dianne Jones - Founder of  Blankets ‘Lily’- Love In the Language of Yarn.

Photo’s obtained from Reuters

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ – Knit With Love

Today our featured Charity is ‘Knit With Love.’

Knit With Love was founded by Lindsay Baxter as a high school student in Orange County, California. She learned to knit at a young age, and built up a large inventory of scarves and beanies (hats). The giving of her first knitted beanie to her grandmother who was going through chemotherapy, and seeing how much happiness it brought her was one of her main reasons for starting this charity. A few days before Christmas in 2008 Lindsay went to downtown Los Angeles to pass out knitted items to the local homeless people and seeing how much appreciation there was for these simple items, was inspired to continue on with this. Since then Knit With Love has donated over 1,200 items to people in need in twenty-three countries. They have donated items to homeless children and adults in America, impoverished people all over the world, and kids in cancer wards in hospitals.

Knit With Love is focused on providing scarves, beanies, blankets and other knitted clothing to people in need. The gift of a scarf or cap can bring joy to a person in a time of need, and brighten up their life.Every item donated is knit with love and with a specific purpose in mind. The goal is to provide warmth, hope, and love to people in need. They donate items to homeless people, impoverished children abroad, premature babies, people going through cancer treatments, and are always looking for more deserving people to give to.

How You Can Help
Knitters are invited to help by providing much needed scarves, beanies, blankets and other knitted items and even if you don’t knit, you can donate yarn and needles to help knit items for people in need.You can ship it via UPS or other carrier to the address below.
Ship Donations To: Knit With Love.
32565 Golden Lantern, Suite B, # 190.
Dana Point, California 92629
Knit With Love is committed to giving warmth through knitted items. With the support of many sponsors and supporters, are able to maximize the effect of every dollar received. Knit With Love is an all volunteer charity, and make every dollar count. If you’d like to make a financial donation information is on the web site.
The link to Knit with Love web site is: http://www.knitwithlove.org
If you have any questions about donating please email info@knitwithlove.org
If you know of a person in need, or a charity/organization that helps people, and you feel that Knit With Love can help by providing knit items, please contact them, they would love to help in any way possible. . Help put a smile on a deserving person’s face today!.
Are you’re looking for a way to use up your leftover yarn?
Please help Lindsay and her team and ‘Knit With Love’.

‘Thoughful Thursday’ Keeping Cancer Victims Warm With Chemo Caps

Keeping Cancer Victims Warm With Chemo Caps.

Hand-knitted chemotherapy hats are needed to help cancer patients during one of the most difficult parts of their treatment. Many patients face the heart wrenching side effect of chemotherapy - hair loss during treatments meant to help them recover. Not only must these cancer patients face a life-threatening illness, they must also learn to deal with seeing a different person in the mirror. Wearing special chemo caps can help suddenly bald cancer patients feel like themselves again. Hats fend off the cold, as well as unwelcome stares. But, many cancer patients have a hard time finding hats that work. Hats sold at retail stores are often scratchy to bare skin because they are designed to be worn over a full head of hair. Also, standard headgear often fails to cover the entire back of the head, exposing the skin to the cold and making baldness obvious. Worse still: a lot of hats sold at retail stores contain wool, which can be harmful to highly sensitive cancer patients. What these patients need are chemotherapy hats designed just for their situation. Attractive, hand-knitted chemo hats for cancer patients allow them to go out in public feeling less self-conscious or cold. When cancer patients receive handmade chemo caps, they know that someone cares. During a time in a cancer patient’s life when everything else seems to be falling apart, your caring can make a world of difference. It is best to use soft yarns, such as those made out of cotton, “Baby” yarns make a good choice for chemotherapy hats, since they tend to be soft and light. Avoid using any yarn that contains wool in your chemo caps, as it can be harmful to some cancer patients. Bright colors are better than somber ones. Wherever you live, somewhere in your community there are cancer patients in need of hand knit chemocaps We encourage each of you to knit one or two or a few chemocaps and donate them to a cancer treatment center in the area where you live. It’s neighbors helping neighbors one chemocap at a time and yes it does make a difference!
Here’s a free pattern to help get you started

About 20¼” (51.5 cm) in circumference.

size U.S. 8 (5 mm).
Adjust needle size if necessary to
obtain the correct gauge.
18 stitches and 24 rows = 4″ (10 cm) in stockinette stitch

Cast on loosely 92sts
Row 1 Knit
Row 2 Purl
Row 3 k1, *yo, k2tog repeat from * to last st k1
Row 4 Knit
Row 5 purl 1 stitch from needle and corresponding stitch from cast on row purl both together to form picot edge see photo

Knit 6 rows in stockinette stitch.
Eyelet row: K1, *yo, k2tog repeat from *to last stitch k1
Next row purl
Continue in stockinette stitch until work measures 14cm from last row of picot edge.

Shape Crown
ROW 1: (RS) *K7, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—81 sts rem.
ROW 2: AND ALL WS Rows : Purl.
ROW 3: *K6, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—71 sts rem.
ROW 5: *K5, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—61 sts rem.
ROW 7: *K4, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—51 sts rem.
ROW 9: *K3, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—41 sts rem.
ROW 11: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—31 sts rem.
ROW 13: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—21 sts rem.
ROW 15: *K2tog; rep from * to last st, k1—11 sts rem.
Break yarn, thread tail through rem sts, draw
tight to close hole, and fasten off on WS.

Block as desired. Weave in loose ends. With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, use a backstitch
or mattress st to sew seam make sure seam is soft to avoid rubbing on sensitive skin. Beg and end at
seam, thread ribbon through eyelets, and secure in place with a few stitches using sharp-point sewing needle and matching thread. Trim ends of ribbon as desired.

Make 3 Flowers or more if desired.

Cast on 4 stitches.

Row 1. Knit front & back of 1st stitch, knit 3 (5sts)

Row 2. Knit front & back of 1st stitch, purl 4 (6sts)
Row 3. Knit front & back of 1st stitch, knit 5 (7sts)
Row 4. Knit front & back of 1st stitch purl 6 (8sts). Cut yarn leaving a 4’’ tail and leave on a spare needle.
Repeat 4 more times but do not cut yarn on last petal
Row 5. Join all petals by knitting across (40 sts)
Row 6. Purl 2 together across row (20 sts)
Row 7. Knit 2 together across row (10sts)
Row 8. Purl 2 together, purl 3 together, prul 2 together, purl 3 together
Thread yarn through stitches and pull tight.
You can finish off flowers by adding beads, buttons or anything you wish in the center as shown in photo. All flowers can be made smaller or larger by using finer or thicker yarn and needles.

Arrange on hat as desired and sew into place.

Making caps and brightening the lives of people who are suffering from the ravages of cancer is such a small thing to do, but the results have a big impact on the patients. Why not donate your chemotherapy hats to the patients that need them. Look in your phone book to find hospitals or cancer organizations in your area and give them a call to see if they are accepting cancer hat donations.
You don’t need much more than needles, time, and a single ball of yarn. Go to the Chemo Caps website to get all the info you need on patterns, donations, and more. http://www.chemocaps.com

Also http://www.kapsforkendall.com  Launched in memory of Kendall Atkinson, tragically died following a bone marrow transplant for Fanconi anemia on March 14, 2004 at the age of 20.

Also http://www.capsforacure.org Caps are being knitted for kids with cancer so that they will feel cared about and money is also raised for The American Cancer Society to help find a cure for cancer.
The idea is to warm the heads and soothe the souls of people undergoing the rigors of chemotherapy treatment. Just the fact that people have taken the time to make them caps is great medicine for those who receive them.


Knit A Corsage

Here’s something a little bit different. Need ideas for interesting items to knit, that people would pay for to raise money for your favourite charity?


Designed for Oxfam by: Tina Egleton


Small amount of double knitting yarn.
No. 9 (33/4 mm) knitting needles;
brooch backing

K, knit;
p, purl;
st, stitch;
ss, stocking st (k on right side and p on wrong side).


With No. 9 (33/4 mm) needles, cast on 114 sts.
K 1 row.
Next row: K2, [cast off 12, k1 st more] 8 times – 18 sts.
Next row: K2, [cast on 1 st, k2] 8 times – 26 sts. K 1 row.
Cast off in kwise.


With No. 9 (33/4 mm) needles, cast on 5 sts.
K 1 row.
Continue in ss, increasing 1 st at each end of next 4 rows and following alternate row – 15 sts.
Ss 5 rows.
Dec 1 st at each end of next row.
P 1 row.
Dec 1 st at each end of next 4 rows – 5 sts.
Cast off.


With No. 9 (33/4 mm) needles, cast on 54 sts.
Cast off kwise.


With No. 9 (33/4 mm) needles, cast on 30 sts.
K 1 row, working twice in every st – 60 sts.
Next row: [K1, k twice in next st] to end – 90 sts.
Cast off kwise.
To make up

Run a gathering thread around centre piece and stuffing it slightly with few metres of yarn, pull up tightly and secure.
Run a gathering thread around cast off edge of petal piece, pull up so that centre ring fits around centre piece and secure,
then sew to centre piece.
Sew one end of spiral to back of flower.
Make twisted cord and tie each end securely.
Tie knots at each end of ribbon. Fold ribbon and cord unevenly and sew folded end to back of flower.
Attach brooch backing or safety-pin to back of flower.

‘Thoughful Thursday’ Lisa’s Stars

We continue ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ with another worthy cause Lisa’s Stars.

Lisa’s Stars was set up in the Autumn of 2010 to make a difference to those who are unfortunate enough to lose a child prematurely. Their Founder is a lady who has sadly experienced this and felt something was massively missing from the aftercare of those babies and their parents. Lisa’s Stars initially started out as a way to support her local hospital, and her aim was to supply them with tiny blankets, hats and angelwraps so that any baby born too early would be kept warm and wrapped in love. It is heartbreaking that in some ares of the UK these babies are wrapped in nothing but tissue,or left naked.

Within 3 days of starting the group on facebook, Lisa’s Stars had a website, a forum to give support to families and nearly a thousand members, not to mention an army of ladies loving knitting and sewing a mountain of angel clothes. They came to realise that the support for her vision and the need for an organisation like hers extended far beyond the need for blankets and hats, and needed to reach more than just the local hospital.

The aim is to not only supply her local hospital with knitwear but to spread them to as many hospitals as they can. The dream is to create memory boxes for those babys and their families so they have their treasured babys keepsakes to keep for all time.
A baby is classed as prematüre if thay are born at less than 37 weeks gestation. 8% of births in the UK occur before 37 weeks and although NICU care has improved in the last 40years, any baby born at 24 weeks or less is sadly not seen as ‘viable’ and many do not survive, leaving some hospitals to struggle to provide clothes small enough. Every hospital is different in regards to their care for these babies and we must never forget that no baby should be left unclothed and must be shown respect no matter what gestation they are born at. While Lisa’s Stars provides items which are especially aimed to fit tiny babies born 16 to 24 weeks gestation, are happy to provide clothing for all angels no matter what gestational age they are born at.

Calling All Knitters!
This is where you can help Lisa’ Stars, not only to provide suitable clothing and blankets for these tiny sleeping angels but to also allow them to rest peacefully with the dignity they deserve and to also give their parents and families comfort in knowing their child is wrapped in love. By knitting some of the items in the list below:


Angel Pockets
Burial Gowns
Sleeping Sacks
Wraps You will find all patterns and sizing chart on the web site:http://www.lisasstars.org.uk
Measurements are used only as a guide as all babies are different and special.
Knitters are given free reign when it comes to what colour to use, but are asked to keep in mind that baies born upto 18 weeks it’s often difficult to determine what sex the babies are so its recommended that whites, creams or pastel yellows, lilacs and greens are used. Of course for babies born over 18 weeks pinks and blues are fine to use. All donations are gratefully received including knitted items / wool / ribbon / baby buttons / tiny teddies /disposable cameras and candles.

Please arrange delivery with your nearest Representative as this helps to keep postage costs to a minimum and as their representatives are there to make contact with their local hospitals and deliver items direct which enables them to provide a personal service.

You can find all the information on representatives and hospitals covered on the web site www.lsiasstars.org.uk or any enquiries to
Facebook page. http:// www.facebook.com/pages/lisas-stars/159738440713941

If you prefer to donate money which will go towards postage costs, purchasing of wool and other items, please use the donate button on the left hand menü on the web page.
All donations, however small or grandeur mean so much, as it allows the continuation of providing dignity to all babies, no matter how small as well as peace of mind to their parents through their most devastating time.
If you would prefer to send donations please send them to :
Lisa’s Stars PO Box 653, Swansea. SA1 9LL. United Kingdom
Help if you can!

‘Thoughtful Thursday’ Knitting For Oxfam

When you think of Oxfam, charity shops and second-hand clothes springs to mind but they’re only part of the picture. Oxfam is a vibrant global movement of passionate, dedicated people fighting poverty together and doing amazing work! From saving lives and developing projects that put poor people in charge of their lives and livelihoods, to campaigning for change that lasts.

To have the biggest possible impact on the lives of poor people worldwide, Oxfam concentrates on three interlinked areas of work:

Emergency response.

People need help in an emergency – fast. Oxfam save lives, swiftly delivering aid, support and protection; and helps communities develop the capacity to cope with future crises.

 Development work.

Poor people can take control, solve their own problems, and rely on themselves – with the right support. Oxfam funds long-term work to fight poverty in thousands of communities worldwide.

Campaigning for change.

Poverty isn’t just about lack of resources. In a wealthy world it’s about bad decisions made by powerful people. Oxfam campaigns hard, putting pressure on leaders for real lasting change.

Fighting poverty. That’s what Oxfam is about. Make no mistake, it’s a massive challenge. But they are winning the battle, right now, in all sorts of ways – big and small. Supporting Oxfam can, and does, make a difference!

Oxfam opened one of the world’s first charity shop chains starting with a shop in Oxford in 1947. This innovative fundraising idea attracted donations ranging from false teeth, various stuffed animals, up to a houseboat. Today Oxfam shop network raises millions, and there’s even an online version too!

How Can Knitters Help?

knitted (and crocheted) items can be sold in Oxfam High street shops to raise much needed
funds for Oxfam’s work around the World. It would be best to speak to the manager of your local shop first. The shop manager would need to ensure that there is a local market for the product and that the price would reflect the fact that these are handmade items and that every one is unique. To sell in the shop the items will need to be well made and well finished. In this way Oxfam can make the most from every donation that they are given.

Oxfam have a selection of patterns, which can be given free to supporters who wish to knit items for Oxfam to sell but you can use your own too, as the more different patterns they have the more items they will be able to sell. Your local shop manager will be able to tell you what they can sell and roughly how much money they’ll be able to make.

Patterns already in use by individual Oxfam shops and available from the website include :

Legwarmers    Hat with earflaps  Corsage
     Elemental jacket

Peaked hat     Handwarmers and hat        Fingerless gloves

scarves, doll’s clothes, baby clothes, jumpers, tank tops and Christmas decorations are also very welcome. They are unable to accept knitted toys as all toys sold in Oxfam shops have to have the CE mark; the same would apply to handmade toys, and when knitters are providing their own materials – including stuffing – they cannot take responsibility for this.

Knittted Blankets.

Oxfam are asking all supporters interested in offering their services if they would be prepared to knit blankets. The ‘iconic’ Oxfam blankets are extremely popular and raise significant funds for their work around the world. They are sold predominantly at the Music festivals held across the UK each summer but are also sold in their high street shops. These can be handed into any Oxfam shop selling clothing who will pass the blankets to Oxfam’s own recycling centre, Wastesaverin Huddersfield. They will then be sorted and passed to Oxfam’s festival shop team.

The measurements for the blankets are 6ft x 4ft and these can be made up of squares or strips sewn firmly together.

Oxfam try to maximise the amount they can sell each one for and they are individually priced, ranging from £20 to £35 each, depending on size and quality.

£35 is enough for Oxfam to provide safe water to over 58 people in an emergency or to buy fertilizer for 12 Farmer’s crops.

Oxfamis very grateful to supporters who have taken the time to knit blankets and other garments for them. Knitting items that they can sell is a valuable contribution to Oxfam, one that really does make a huge difference to the lives of people living in poverty around the world.

If you wish to donate items that you have knitted, you can find your local shop through Oxfam website  http:// www.oxfam.org.uk or http://www.oxfam.org

Oxfam believes that in a wealthy world poverty is unjustifiable, and can be prevented. Believes that injustice must be challenged, and that with the right help, poor people themselves can change their lives for the better, for good.

Everyone has the right to a life worth living – and to the basic things that make one possible. This belief shapes everything Oxfam do.

Donate to Oxfam and join thousands of others providing the vital ongoing support people need to escape poverty once and for all.Donate to Oxfam and join thousands of others providing the vital ongoing support people need to escape poverty once and for all!
For more information the website is : International -  http://www.oxfam.org
                                                           Uk – http://www.oxfam.org.uk

‘Thoughful Thursday’ – Strickpate- Knitting for Poor Children in Singen, Germany

Thoughtful Thursday contiues with ‘Strickpate’ – Knitting for poor children in Singen, Germany.
Silke Stockebrand had a dream and a love of knitting;

The dream was that all poor children in Germany could have nice warm clothing. Clothes, that any child would love.
So she started to knit the clothes she had been dreaming of. Unfortunately the whole of Germany is too big for 1 person to knit for, so she started knitting for the poor children on her own doorstep, in Singen, a small town in the south of Germany close to Lake Constance.
This was the start of a charity founded bySilke Stockebrand in 2010 Called ‘Strickpate‘ which means ‘Knitting Godmother’ who like all Godparents wants to help with the care of the children.
A local wool store in Singen – ‘Creative & Hobby’ was so thrilled by the idea, that they jumped in by helping  right from the beginning and are still helping today. The first round of knitting went well, vey well, and the children were excited, thrilled,and very happy about the clothing given to them.

So much so Strickpate did it again in 2011, very successfully, and so are continuing this year in 2012.

“Strickpate – knitting for poor Children in Singen” will be established and become a local constant.

How can knitters help?

Are you’re looking for a way to use up your leftover yarn?

By knitting -Socks, Gloves, Hats, Scarves, Fingerless / arm warmers, Leg warmers
All sizes are needed from babies to teenagers and as children are all ages, size really doesn’t matter as there are children of all ages who need warm clothing.

Another thing knitters can do is to donate yarn from their stash that they no longer want or enjoy, knitters tend to attract yarn (we get yarn that others no longer want or from family members) this yarn is great to give to ‘Strickpate’.
 If you don’t knit, you can donate yarn and needles to help knit items for these children in need.

Please help ‘Strickpate’ they need your assistance and support for this project.
You can find them at : http://strickpate.wordpress.com/  and

Help by spreading the word of “Strickpate”Tell everyone you know about the cause.Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives.

If you prefer to donate money which will go towards costs, purchasing of wool and other items, it will be greatly appreciated. All donations, however small or grandeur mean so much, as it allows the continuation of helping to keep a child warm.

Please send knitted items, supplies or donations to:
Nachbarschaftstreff Lillje
z.Hd. Silke Stockebrand
Berliner Straße 8
78224 Singen

Email: strickpate@yahoo.de

 Silke Stockebrand  had a dream, to be able to help children in Singen  you can help make that dream  a reality and maybe tomorrow this dream will  help children throughout the whole of Germany!

Here’s a Knitting pattern for childs hat and scarf to get you started.


  • Yarn:  Chunky Type yarn (340 g/12 oz) 1 ball of #87630 (Tangerine Twist) for both Cap and Scarf.
  • Knitting Needles: Sizes 4.5 mm (U.S. 7) and 5 mm (U.S. 8) knitting needles or size needed to obtain gauge.

Gauge: 15 sts and 20 rows = 4 ins [10 cm] with larger needles in stocking st.
Cap: To fit child’s head circumference: 17 (19) ins [43 (48) cm].
Scarf: Approx 6 ins [15 cm] wide x 50 ins [127 cm] long.

The instructions are written for smaller size. If changes are necessary for larger size the instructions will be written thus ( ).
With smaller needles, cast on 62 (70) sts.
**1st row: (RS). *K2. P1. K1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. K2.
2nd row: *P2. K1. P1. Rep from * to last 2 sts. P2.**
Rep last 2 rows of Seed Rib Pat twice more.
Change to larger needles and cont in Seed Rib Pat until work from beg measures 5½ (6) ins [14 (15) cm], ending with 2nd row.
Shape top: 1st row: (RS). *K2. P1. K1. K2tog. P1. K1. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K2. P1. K3. 55 (62) sts.
2nd row: P2. *K2. P2tog. K1. P2. Rep from * to last 4 sts. K1. P3. 48 (54) sts.
3rd row: *K2. K2tog. K1. P1. Rep from * to last 6 sts. K2. K2tog. K2. 40 (45) sts.
4th row: P4. *P2tog. P3. Rep from * to last st. P1. 33 (37) sts.
5th row: (K2tog) 16 (18) times. K1. 17 (19) sts.
6th row: (P2tog) 8 (9) times. P1. 9 (10) sts.
Break yarn leaving a 12 ins [30.5 cm] long end. Draw end through rem sts and fasten securely. Sew back seam.
With larger needles, cast on 26 sts.
Work from ** to ** as given for Cap.
Rep last 2 rows of Seed Rib Pat until work from beg measures 50 ins [127 sts], ending with 2nd row. Cast off in pat.
Fringe: Cut yarn 12 ins [30.5 cm] long. Take 3 strands tog, fold in half and knot into fringe ¾ inch [2 cm] apart across ends of scarf. Trim fringe evenly.

Please Help Strickpate if You Can

‘Thoughtful Thursday’- Bridge and Beyond

‘Thoughful Thursday’ focus this week is Bridge and Beyond.

Their mission is to warm cold homeless people in need by providing hand knitted and crocheted items for men and women living outdoors in cold central Ohio (Bridge people), for women and children in desperate circumstance treated in 2 free clinics, abused and or homeless women living in temporary housing through Faith Mission, Men sleeping a night in The Shelter through Faith Mission, Families receiving a hot meal through Holy Family; and Homeless Families (men, women and children) living in temporary housing through The Homeless Families Foundation. Hats, Scarves, Mittens, and Slippers hand knit or crocheted accepted all year long.

The average age of a homeless person Nationally is a 9 year old child. There are many stories of how families become homeless and their struggles. A sad statistic is the children. Children typically fall 2 years behind their counterparts in school. When you don’t know if you’ll have a roof over your head, a bed to sleep in, or a meal it’s awfully hard to focus on learning. The Foundation provides the safety net of a place to live (temporary housing for up to 3 months), they also provide day to day essentials. While counselors work with the adults to provide them with the tools they need to successfully care for their families (jobs and housing), they work with the children; planting the seeds of hope. After school programs, and summer programs provide safe, educational and enrichment programs to help the children reach their potential. Hot meals are provided, along with homework assistance through the Dowd Center.

How can knitters help?

The most obvious way to help is to knit or crochet hats, scarves, mittens, slippers, and squares patterns are available on the website,
below is a list of what is needed:

The Bridge Folks There are no specific patterns that must be followed for hats, mittens, or scarves. Please remember the primary focus is men (and some women) living outdoors without a roof over their heads; so light airy objects aren’t good. Colors appropriate for Men and Women (adults), as well as sizes appropriate for adults are needed. Please stick with yarns that need no special care or washing instructions, as the homeless do not have that ability. Avoid suede yarn. Wool yarn is acceptable but Please leave a note so they know it’s wool. Most useable yarn is acyclic and washable wool.

Avoid the use of white, as it shows dirt too easily

Beyond The Bridge This means helping beyond those who live under the bridge, reaching out beyond those limits. For now beyond the bridge means our folks being treated in 2 free clinics. Though they have a roof over their heads, they are very much in need. Many have no heat, or very little heat and so wear the warm items (mittens, hats, scarves, slippers) indoors as well as outdoors. Here again think warm, sturdy; non lacy patterns. Sizing and colors should be appropriate for Women and Teens, and children. Babies are NOT treated at these clinics.
Holy Family Hats, mittens, scarves, and slippers for men, women, and children needed. Holy Family feeds hundreds of hungry cold people in need every single day. Warm items can be distributed along with a hot meal. All colors except lots of white and ivory, warm patterns work (no lacy items). Please again keep in mind warm, washable, sturdy.
The Homeless Families Foundation Men, Women, and Children are cared for. Temporary housing is providedfor 47 families. They live in their temporary housing for up to 3 months while receiving support and guidance to locate jobs, permanent housing, care for children after school and other necessary things to get back on their feet. On going support is provide as they transition into their permanent housing. Our standard, hats, scarves, mittens, slippers will be provided; as well as afghans through our donated squares. PLEASE see guidelines for squares regarding size, and months to donate them.

Operation WELCOME HOME  will be an on going program. It will utilize the squares that have been sent and will  be sent. Afghans will continue to be assembled and donated; just as they have always done through the Give a Square Program.  These afghans will be given as a house warming gift to the families as they move from The Homeless Families Foundation Shelter (temporary housing for 3 months) into “their” home/apt. These afghans will be a true welcome home, and welcome to your new life.

Families receive assistance with education, food, lodging and guidance through out their stay in temporary housing to help with the transition to permanent housing-employment etc.

There are other ways you can help too:
Tell everyone you know about the cause. Tell your friends, neighbors, relatives.
Post the link to http://homelessbridge.blogspot.comin your emails, and or on your blog. Add their blog badge to your blog, to your facebook page. Tweet about them. Print and distribute the flyer found in a tab across the top of the blog.
Buy yarn for someone you know who knits or crochets
Post information in your church bulletin
Socks, store bought socks are needed all year long. Wet feet are miserable all year long.
There are many cold hungry homeless in many cities across the country. Is there a group in your area you can help? Please help to raise the awareness of this sad problem.

2012 Working Calendar

January’s focus will be mittens. Please label mittens as to the size you made, adult, male, female, child, small, medium, or large etc. If the pattern you’re using doesn’t have a long cuff, please add a couple of rows to make it longer. Please attach your mittens to each other. Please avoid white, off-white, ivory. AND please avoid open lacy stitches.

February’s focus will be slippers (please consider making slippers with double thickness yarn, or make 2 and sew them together; to make them thicker and more durable…as well as warmer. Please label your slippers as to the intended size (men, women, children, small, medium, large and or extra large). Avoid White, off-white, and ivory please. Please avoid open loose stitches for slippers. Please attach your slippers to each other.

March’s focus will be scarves. Please consider the size of your scarf and who it’s intended for. Adult scarves should be at least 5 inches wide and at least 5 feet long for women, and at least 6 feet long for Men. Please avoid making small scarves that can’t be doubled around someone’s neck for warmth. Scarves should not be made for toddlers or younger children. If you use double yarn, please consider laundering it as that helps soften it. Again please avoid white and off white, please avoid open airy stitches (remember…if you can poke your finger through it, it’s too open).

Contact sandycrochet@gmail.com with questions regarding how you can help and for mailing address to mail your donations to. PLEASE include your name, email address with your donation.
Please visit the web site: http://homelessbridge.blogspot.com there’s lots more information!
This is a grassroots organization, run completely voluntarily. No paid staff exists and 100% of your donations are hand delivered to those in need. This effort continues 12 months a year. During the warmer months, they’re able to stock pile donations to be ready as soon as the cold hits.
Join the Bridge and Beyond and help build a bridge from Homelessness to Hope!
Please Help if You Can
If you would like the free pattern ‘Knitting for Charity’ please leave your email address in the box at the base of this blog. I promise to respect your privacy and will not pass your email address on.

‘Thoughful Thursday’- Knit a Square Project

Every thursday throughout 2012 here on Knitting Galore is ‘Thoughtful Thursday’ and we will be featuring a Charity that will benefit from the help of knitters everywhere. We start off with the very worthy  KasCare. Aid for Aids orphans. Knit a Square Project.

The knit-a-square project was started as a family project in 2008 and are now a registered charity under the name of KasCare, with the family still 100 percent involved. They are:

The McDonalds, Sandy, Roger, Kalai, and Cressida and Sandy’s, mother, Zanny, who are all in Australia and Ronda Lowrie, Sandy’s aunt and Zanny’s sister, and her daughter, Erin who, live in South Africa.
Ronda visited The McDonald’s in 2008. She told them of the scale of the disaster facing so many children in South Africa whose lives are greatly compromised by the twin perils of HIV/AIDS and poverty. She explained she often gave out blankets to children as she drove around Johannesburg, and of her frustration—too many children, too few blankets.
Many of these children are AIDS orphans or have been abandoned. Many live in great poverty in shack settlements. Some head up families of their siblings together with other children. Some live alone, without shelter, in hills and dumps around the cities.

Can you help the challenge?

The knit-a-squillion challenge officially started, July 11, 2011.

The goal is to send 1,2 million squares to South Africa by July 10, 2012.
To do this, first download the Knit-a-squillion flyer by filling in the form below. This explains the challenge.You can find this on the web site:
http:// http://www.knit-a-square.com

Over and above charity knitting, for every square you knit and every person you tell about it, you are all contributing to changing the world’s awareness of the plight of these children.
Every additional blanket keeps another abandoned child or AIDS orphan warm.

At it’s heart, knit-a-square really is a simple crochet and knitting for charity project. To make and send 8″/20cm squares takes little time, costs little and DOES make a difference. And all while you do what you love – knitting and crocheting.

Knitting Instructions: For one 8″/20 cms square, you will need:
Yarn from a 100 gram (3.5 oz) ball of yarn or scraps of yarn or wool.8 ply (Aus), worsted (USA), double knit (UK)
Size 6mm needles (Aus) 4 (UK, Canada) 10 (USA)
A yarn sewing needle.
1. Cast on 32 stitches (try to make your stitches neither too loose nor too tight to help ensure uniform squares)
2. Row 1: knit
3. Row 2: knit. These two rows form the ‘garter’ stitch knitting pattern for your square
4. Continue knitting as per these two rows until you have knitted a square
5. To ensure you square is 8″/20cm either use a tape measure or form a triangle by folding one corner of your square over to meet the opposite corner – if all sides are equal – then you have a square!
6. Cast off
7. Use your yarn sewing needle to sew in all the yarn ends using a darning method
Leave a one metre (one and a quarter yards) length of your yarn attached to your work after you have cast off. This will be used to join the squares together.Or be a little bit creative! If you’re an experienced knitter and enjoy working with different stitches, (eg stocking, moss, basket weave) or a combination of stitches and patterns, then please enjoy yourself and be creative with your squares.The children will treasure these blankets for their warmth, texture and colour, as well as for their knitted patterns.

This months challenge is: January Jewel’s – asking for squares that are vibrant & jewel like.

Other patterns such as hats, pullovers & vest are available from web site:

please knit a square (or more) and send them to Africa to make up blankets for the children.

Crocheting and knitting for charity, especially for children in need, is a meditative act of love. More importantly, it makes a difference. There are many millions of abandoned and vulnerable children and AIDS orphans in southern Africa, who live in dire poverty. Many lack the very basics we take for granted—love, shelter, food, education and warmth.
Your contribution of squares to this crochet and knitting project will add to the many thousands of 8″/20cm squares from around the world, which are joined into blankets and distributed to these children.
The finished blankets add more than warmth to the children’s lives. As co-founder of KasCare, Ronda said in a South African press interview:“ They are a currency we use to tell the children exactly how beloved they are. We tell them they are the future, unique and special.”

Make a Financial Donation
Kascare are also a volunteer organisation and would be deeply appreciative of your support. This will help continue the grassroots movememt to raise awareness of the AIDS orphans’ plight. They need your help to continue this work to keep warm every child who is cold, who has been abandoned or orphaned, who is infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and who lives in extreme poverty.
In order to do this, KasCare must fund help for the hard working volunteers who collect, sort, record and bundle the thousands of squares and garments that are arriving every week. They must have proper working, storage space and adequate transport for collections and distributions.
They also need to sustain the resources required to find, persuade and inform the millions of knitters and crocheters throughout the world to contribute, so that they put tens of thousands of blankets on the children next year. To warm just the 500 children a day who become orphans in South Africa would need several million squares!.

You can find the details of how you can donate on the website www.knit-a-square.com and you can aslo subscribe to their newsletter Square Circle. As your squares arrive, they are collected, sorted and bundled into blanket packs by the KasCare Volunteers They then organise sewing and distribution days which are recorded in the Square Circle, so you can see and enjoy the results of your wonderful work.

Every 14 seconds a child will become an orphan!

We all understand how awful it is to be cold, but many of us have not experienced the misery of being cold all night, every night, hungry, and perhaps sick as well. Many of the children are themselves infected by HIV AIDS. As it is an auto immune disease, keeping warm helps their ability to stay well.

Keeping a child with HIV AIDS warm is vital

Please help if you can.


Tips Tor Getting Over Yarn Stash Guilt.


I usually don’t feel a lot of guilt about my stash, because it gives me great pleasure and lots of options for providing you with free patterns, and my local yarn shop is closing down and she has some amazing bargains! but it is getting to the point where I don’t have much more space for storing yarn.

Here are 6 tips for getting over any yarn stash guilt you may be feeling.

1. Get something on the needles.

Probably the easiest way to alleviate yarn stash guilt is to start knitting something from the yarn you just bought as soon as possible after walking in the door with your new purchases.

If you need to do a little research before picking a project, do so, but try to have some of your new yarn on the needles before the end of the week, even if it’s just playing around with stitches or making a gauge swatch.

This gets your brain thinking that the yarn you just bought wasn’t to go into your stash at all–you’re actually using it!

2. Practice the one in-one out rule.

This is a really difficult concept for knitters who love to stash, but if you’re running out of space for your treasures, take a rule from the clean closet crowd and vow to always get rid of something when you bring something new into the house.

If you’ve been stashing yarn for long there’s no doubt there’s something in your stash you aren’t proud of or would never use in real life. Post your castoffs on Freecycle (or sell them on eBay), give them to a friend who is learning, or find a knitting charity or community group that will accept your extras. Don’t forget ‘Thoughful Thursday’ here on this blog where I will be featuring charities that would benefit from your knitting.

3. Go on a diet.

Yes, you’ve binged on yarn and you’re feeling bad about it. One interesting way to alleviate the guilt is to stop buying yarn and start working projects only from your stash for a predetermined period of time.

Going on a yarn diet can be a challenge, particularly if you need to knit a gift and don’t have the right yarn in your house. But if you find yourself thinking that you own more yarn than you could possibly ever knit, take some time away from the yarn store and see what you can do with the yarn you already have.

Check in here. Over this next month I will be covering many free patterns for ideas on how to use even small quantities of stash.

4. Try a swap.

If you have friends who knit and who also have large stashes, try a yarn swap. Everybody brings, say, 10 different skeins of yarn they’d be willing to part with, and then all the yarn gets mixed together and people can take what they want.

If you don’t have knitting friends, see if there’s a local  knitting group you can get involved in. We knitters need each other!

5. Knit more.

Just like people on real diets need to exercise to see results, people on yarn diets need to work the needles to see a reduction in stash. Try not to just get projects on needles, but to actually finish them as well.

6. Get over it.

It’s a shame to have a lot of yarn that isn’t getting turned into beautiful objects, but if just having the yarn brings you happiness, that’s good, too.

As long as your yarn budget isn’t eating into your food budget and your family members don’t need to fear death by a tidal wave of wool whenever they open a closet door, feel free to stash away.

Knitting Rules

If you feel guilty about your yarn stash  pick up the hilarious knitting book, Knitting Rules!: The Yarn Harlot’s Bag of Knitting Tricks. The chapter “Yarn and How Not to Feel Guilty About It”will make you laugh until the tears come.

Here’s a quote from the book:
When someone says, “You sure have a lot of yarn.” You say, “This? No,no, This is just what I need for the week. The real collection is in my rental storage space.”